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NO. R-160. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING STERLING D. WEED ON HIS 98TH BIRTHDAY AND FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY MUSICIANSHIP.

(J.R.S. 61)

Offered by: Senator Costes of Franklin County and Senator Kittell of Franklin County.

Whereas, Sterling Weed, a native of St. Albans, was raised in a very musical family, and

Whereas, from an early age, he played both the flute and piano in this family ensemble, and

Whereas, Sterling Weed entertained audiences in northern New England as a member of vaudeville and theatre orchestras as well as an accompanist for silent films, and

Whereas, Sterling Weed discovered his true musical destiny when he ordered a saxophone through the mail and, two days later, played it as part of a dance band, and

Whereas, in 1928, he professionally joined his brothers' "Weeds' Imperial Orchestra" that serenaded dancers with great swing music at many locales for over a quarter of a century, and

Whereas, Sterling Weed was a much-respected school orchestra director at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, and

Whereas, he was instrumental in saving the historic Enosburg Opera House from the wrecker's ball, which is now being beautifully restored, and he has since played many enjoyable concerts in this building, and

Whereas, the "Weeds' Imperial Orchestra" has enjoyed a nostalgic rejuvenation as the music of the swing era has been revived and his musical entourage will entertain dancers at the South Burlington Ramada Inn at a May performance, and

Whereas, the ever-swinging Sterling Weed will celebrate his 98th birthday on July 20, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Sterling D. Weed for musically enchanting generations of Vermont dancers and listeners, and wishes him a most joyous 98th birthday, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Sterling Weed in St. Albans.